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12
Aug

Gov. Edwards Officially Extends Phase Two Order, Statewide Mask Mandate, Bar Closure to Continue to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana

Gov. Edwards Officially Extends Phase Two Order, Statewide Mask Mandate, Bar Closure to Continue to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana

On August 6, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an extension of his order keeping Louisiana in Phase Two and extending his statewide mask mandate, the closure of bars to on-premises consumption and the limitation on gatherings of more than 50 people for at least another 21 days, through Friday, August 28.

Gov. Edwards’ order to mandate masks and restrict bars matches recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the advice of public health experts advising the Governor. The Governor’s order was upheld by Judge Janice Clark in the 19th Judicial District Court on August 6.

 

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Wed
12
Aug

DeSoto Grieves for the Loss of Retired Sheriff Hugh Bennett, Jr.

DeSoto Grieves for the Loss of Retired Sheriff Hugh Bennett, Jr.

One of DeSoto Parish’s most respected and dedicated servants, Hugh Buie Bennett, Jr., passed away on July 31, 2020. He served DeSoto as a deputy, DeSoto Tax Assessor and DeSoto Sheriff in addition to being a good citizen and friend.

He was born in Logansport on January 4, 1935 to parents Hugh Bennett, Sr. and Erma Bennett, who preceded him in death. The Bennett family resided in Logansport for many years before relocating to Mansfield since Hugh Sr. was a deputy for the DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Office. His son would later follow in his father’s footsteps.

 

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Wed
12
Aug

DOTD to Improve Two Roadways in Desoto Parish

DOTD to Improve Two Roadways in Desoto Parish

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development announced improvements to two different highways in the southern portion of DeSoto Parish. The $5.6 million project will repair portions of LA 512 and LA 483 near the Pelican community. This includes the section of LA 512 from US 171 to LA 483, just south of Pelican, and LA 483 from LA 512 to LA 175.

 

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Wed
05
Aug

Keep DeSoto Beautiful Receives Grant to Fund Litter Awareness Campaign

Keep DeSoto Beautiful Receives Grant to Fund Litter Awareness Campaign

Keep DeSoto Beautiful (KDB) has received a $2,500 grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful to fund a litter awareness campaign.

DeSoto’s litter survey in 2019 showed that we have a severe litter problem. Despite regular cleanups, we still have a very littered parish as measured by a 2.3 litter survey.

Most litter observed is from vehicles. The KDB Board of Directors has determined that an awareness campaign is needed to reach all of DeSoto Parish’s citizens. This will include the use of billboards and car litterbags, reinforced by articles in The Enterprise and social media. The objective is to send the message out, loud and clear, that DeSoto Parish is ready to clean up our future. This call to action message was the result of a high school contest designed to involve students in litter awareness.

 

 

Wed
05
Aug

LA DOTD Announces Bridge Temp Closure Near Logansport

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development advises motorists that beginning on Monday, August 10, 2020, the LA 764 bridge over Mim Springs near Logansport in DeSoto Parish will be closed for bridge repairs.

This closure is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:00 a.m., and last until Sunday, August 16, 2020.

This bridge is located approximately 1.10 miles north of US 84.

 

 

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Wed
05
Aug

Strong Start Academy Provides Safe, High- Quality Learning for Students with Disabilities

Strong Start Academy Provides Safe, High- Quality Learning for Students with Disabilities

As school systems across Louisiana prepare to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the DeSoto Parish School System is uniquely positioned for success. For the past month, the school system has hosted a “Strong Start Academy” to provide students with disabilities extra time to learn and to prepare for the 2020-2021 school year.

More than 50 students with disabilities, ranging in age from pre-kindergarten to high school, participated in the Strong Start Academy—both in-person at Logansport High School and virtually, depending on the family’s preference and the weekday. All students in the school system will return to school under this same model, which is known as a blended learning model, on August 5.

Wed
05
Aug

Special Services Corporal Chuck Rugley Honored with Retirement Party

Special Services Corporal Chuck Rugley Honored with Retirement Party
Special Services Corporal Chuck Rugley Honored with Retirement Party
Special Services Corporal Chuck Rugley Honored with Retirement Party

Sheriff Jayson Richardson would like to announce the retirement of Deputy Charles “Chuck” Rugley after over twenty years of service with the DeSoto Parish Sheriff ’s Office.

Wed
29
Jul

Sheriff Richardson Notifies Public of Increased Presence of Joint Effort Patrols

Sheriff Richardson Notifies Public of Increased Presence of Joint Effort Patrols

Sheriff Jayson Richardson has announced that there will be increased patrol throughout DeSoto Parish due to a significant report of shots fired in Mansfield.

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Wed
29
Jul

Governor Edwards Extends Current Phase Two Order; LABI CEO Responds with Disappointment

Governor Edwards Extends Current Phase Two Order; LABI CEO Responds with Disappointment

On July 21, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that he will extend Louisiana’s current Phase Two order, which also includes a statewide mask mandate, limits indoor social gatherings to 50 people and prohibits on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars for another two weeks, as COVID-19 incidence remains high across the state and hospitalizations continue to rise. All of the latest restrictions outlined in the Phase Two order are in keeping with recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

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Wed
29
Jul

Louisiana HomeCare of Mansfield Earns 2019 Superior Performer Patient Satisfaction Award

Louisiana HomeCare of Mansfield Earns 2019 Superior Performer Patient Satisfaction Award

Louisiana HomeCare of Mansfield has been recognized by Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) as a “Superior Performer” for achieving an overall patient satisfaction score that ranked in the top 20 percent of all eligible SHP clients for the 2019 calendar year.

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